Lady Norse Capture Northfield Invite

The Northfield Lady Norse captured their own tourney Saturday, defeating Concord 43-25 and Fairfield 42-34. Southwood also played in the tourney, falling to Fairfield 62-61 and defeating Concord 42-37. The Lady Knights played Northwestern Friday night which gave them a three game tour in 24 hours.

Northfield got the day started by taking on Concord. Perhaps a little flat the Norse struggled in the first quarter as Concord led 9-8 after one. The tide changed to start the second quarter as the Norse got buckets from Arie Kennedy, Payton Thomson and Jacklyn Peas. Abby Keaffaber drained a three as the Norse defense  held Concord scoreless in a 17-0 run to lead 25-9 at the half.

Northfield kept their momentum in the second half, winning the third quarter 13-5 before losing the fourth in a game that was already decided for the 43-25 win.

Payton Thomson led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points. Cherish Leming added 9, Abby Keaffaber 8, Jacklyn Peas 7, Arie Kennedy 6, Ashley Koch 2.

Southwood would play game two against undefeated Fairfield, giving the Falcons all they wanted.

On the back of Brooke Elliott the Lady Knights led 10-8 after the first stop, with Elliott scoring 6 points. Coach Dallas Duggan would go deep on his bench in the second quarter, trying to preserve stamina with the Falcons who like to push the ball, getting scoring from 6 different players. Brooke Elliott led the charge with 6 points, with Katie Stouffer adding 5 and Kassidy Atwood 4 as the Lady Knights led 32-26 at the half.

Fairfield would have the hot hand to start the third quarter, scoring 9 of the first 11 points to grab a 35-34 lead, but the Knights answered with buckets from Stouffer, Elliott and Atwood to grab the lead back at 41-35. Southwood would out score Fairfield 5-3 down the stretch and led 46-38 with a quarter to go.

The Lady Knights, showing signs of tired legs in the fourth, held off the Falcons for half of the fourth quarter before the pace went Fairfield’s way and they grabbed a three point lead. With 10.6 seconds remaining Elliott hit one free throw to make it 62-61, then fouled to stop the clock. Fairfield missed both free throws and the Knights had one more shot. After getting the ball across half court, Southwoood called time out to set up a play with 1.8 seconds left with the shot being just long in a 62-61 defeat.

Brooke Elliott led the Knights with 20 points. Kassidy Atwood added 14, Katie Stouffer 12, Makenna Dawes 5, Ashley Parson 4, Taylor Heath 2, Haley Heath 2, Aleesha Phillips 2.

After a 2 1/2 hour break the Knights would take the floor again to take on Concord. Running on fumes the Knights struggled for three quarters, before a second wind in the fourth gave Southwood the win. The shooting struggled for the Knights as they connected just four times in the firstand trailed 10-8 after one.

Concord would out score Southwood 5-3 in the second as the lone Knight bucket came from Brooke Elliott as Southwood trailed 15-11 at the half.

The Knight offense warmed up a little in the third, but Concord was smelling blood and continued to push the Knights winning the third quarter for a 33-25 lead. Brooke Elliott scored 8 of the 14 Southwood points in the quarter.

As fatigued as Southwood looked the first three quarters, it was just the opposite in the fourth. Brooke Elliott hit two free throws early as Johnny White said ” we are going to make a run”. Johnny was right as the Knights got a buckets from Haley Heath, Kassidy Atwood, Makenna Dawes and two Atwood free throws to score the first 12 points of the quarter and took a 37-33 lead. Concord would tie the score at 37 when Elliott hit again. Haley Heath would hit 3 free throws down the stretch as the Knights held Concord to just 4 points in the quarter in a 42-37 win.

Leading Southwood was Brooke Elliott with 20 points. Haley Heath added 9, Kassidy Atwood 8, Ashley Parson 2, Makenna Dawes 2, Taylor Heath 1.

The final game of the night was Northfield taking on Fairfield. Hot first half shooting and tenacious defense led to the Norse pulling off a 42-34 win.

Payton Thomson was unconscious in the first quarter, hitting from behind the arch three times and scoring 16 points as the Norse led 18-10 after one. Jacklyn Peas had the other Norse bucket.

With Arie Kennedy badgering sharp shooter Katie Yates the Norse continued to stretch their lead. Thomson hit two buckets, one being a three with Jacklyn Peas getting a bucket as Northfield led 28-17 at the half.

The third quarter was a low scoring affair as the bucket wasn’t as wide. The Norse managed just two buckets which came from Abby Keaffaber and Jacklyn Peas. With the Norse up 33-21, Fairfield scored the last 5 points of the quarter which included a banked three pointer at the buzzer to cut Northfield’s lead to 33-26 with one quarter to go.

Fairfield came out swinging in the fourth, scoring the first 4 points to make it 33-30 before an Abby Keaffaber bucket made it 35-30. Fairfield then cut the lead to 35-34 when Peas connected on two free throws, plus one from Keaffaber to hold the lead.  The Norse defense would hold the Falcons scoreless the final 2 minutes as they hit 4 free throws down the stretch for the 42-34 win.

Leading Northfield was Payton Thomson with 24 points. Jacklyn Peas added 9, Abby Keaffaber 5, Sarah Driscoll 2, Cherish Leming 1, Arie Kennedy 1.

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